File photo shows an Iraqi policeman manning a machine gun near the Iraqi-Syrian border at the Abu Kamal-Qaim border crossing.
Foreign-backed militants in Syria have opened fire on Iraqi border posts along the two countries’ frontier, killing at least one guard and injuring two others, officials say.
Iraqi border guards Colonel Nayif Zaili said on Sunday that anti-Damascus armed groups have fired on two posts located some two kilometers (1.25 miles) from the al-Waleed border crossing connecting Syria and Iraq.
The Iraqi official further stated that one guard had been killed and two others injured due to the incident.
Over the past months, Takfiri militants fighting against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have attempted to take control of the al-Waleed border crossing between the two neighboring countries.
The attack took place after the Syrian army managed to inflict major losses on foreign-sponsored militants in the country, gaining a series of military successes in its fight against the armed groups.
On Saturday, Press TV reported that Syrian forces had recaptured the last militant bastion near the strategic western town of Qusayr a day after they retook control over the nearby village of al-Daba’a and a border crossing in the occupied Golan Heights.
Foreign-sponsored militancy in Syria, which erupted in March 2011, has claimed the lives of many people, including large numbers of Syrian soldiers and security personnel.